Rappers are among the celebrities who like to make a statement, be it through their clothing, smartphones, property and lavish lifestyle (which includes cars – really expensive cars). Well, you all know that Jay Z has a Maybach Exelero which cost him $8 million. You didn’t? Now you know. Sometimes, the rappers prefer a colour or a shade of colour which is very different from the ‘rest’ of the other supercar owners. Many rappers prefer big cars (big as in SUVs) and mod them to their heart’s extent via nice mod houses. Talking of big SUVs, one staple SUV is the Lamborghini Urus and if you want a different coloured Urus than everyone else, you have the 2021 Lamborghini Urus Pearl Capsule which enables the rappers to option their Urus from a variety of pearl colours and elements which embrace the carmaker’s tradition.
When they have a sporty SUV in their garage, the next probable choice is an ultimate luxury car. when we talk of luxury, we don’t mean Lexus LS 500 luxury, we mean Rolls Royce Luxury! Among the Rolls Royce cars, the 2021 Rolls Royce Ghost carries quite a fanbase due to it being the ‘cheaper’ Rolls and also due to the fact that being in a lower price bracket doesn’t mean that you’re deprived of any luxury feature that the Phantom gets! Enough said, let’s take you through a list of the most expensive cars that rappers own:
1. Jay Z – Maybach Exelero – $8 Million
Jay Z is, apart from being a rapper, a very accomplished businessman and currently worth nearly $1 Billion. Yes, you read that right! A Billion Dollars!! Having said that, the Maybach Exelero’s price tag isn’t even a chink on his armour. The Exelero was the pinnacle of what a sports car could be in terms of performance and luxury back in 2004. Manufactured by Stola and DaimlerChrysler, the Exelero is powered by a massive 5.9L V12 which also packs a couple of air suckers (turbochargers) to put out 690 horses and 752 lb-ft of torque! It was a one-off car and the company has officially cleared that it doesn’t plan to make any more of these beauties, leaving the Exelero with Jay Z the only one in the world! Talk about exclusivity!
2. Birdman – Lamborghini Veneno – $4 Million
Birdman is clearly one of those rappers who aren’t shy of showing his car collection to the world. Well, there were rumours about Birdman buying the Maybach Exelero mentioned above from fellow rapper Jay Z but then, the former also declared his desire to be driving a Lamborghini Veneno. Lo and behold! The Cash Money CEO got one of the rarest Lamborghinis in the world – the Lamborghini Veneno 50th Anniversary – of which only 3 units were produced! Exclusivity was turned down a notch but the Veneno is still a sight to see when on the road! Talking of specs, the Veneno loads in a 6.5L V12 which pushes out a massive 740 horses and 509 lb-ft of torque! The Veneno shows no mercy while being pushed to its limits on a track and to do so, it is filled to the brim with weight-saving tech and made of lighter materials. The engine also included some of the rarest and most expensive materials to be ever used in a car and we cannot fathom the extent the insurance for such a car will fetch if things were to go South!
3. Pharrell – Ferrari Enzo – $2.5 Million
Pharrell has been one of the most consistent people in the industry and when you’re in the industry for such a long time, you do have a lot of money earned through various streams. Also, Pharrell is one of those who have a taste in cars, which is appreciated by many globally. His garage includes many legendary cars like Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren which is a collector’s car and has aged like fine wine, just like its owner. For some relaxed drives, there are a couple of Rolls Royce in his garage. There was also a Bentley, the model of which the rapper didn’t disclose, which didn’t suit him and was sold off afterwards. Out of all these is the most valuable possession – a 2003 Ferrari Enzo! The Ferrari Enzo was named after the founder of the Italian carmaker, Enzo Ferrari, and I powered by a 6.0L screaming naturally-aspirated V12 which redlines at 8,200 RPMs and might cause some people’s eardrums to shatter. Well, the exhaust note is a love/hate relationship with the majority of the people falling towards ‘love’ side of things! The Enzo is believed to be the last of its kind – the last naturally-aspirated hyper-car with a big engine and massive redline – and due to this exclusivity, coupled with the badge and what the car provides overall – a Ferrari Enzo can still fetch between $2 million to $3 million easy!
4. The Game – Bugatti Veyron – $2.2 Million
Well, you surely have some success in your life if your name is “The Game” (pun intended)! Well, Jayceon Terrell Taylor surely has some success written in his story after being the best-known rapper in the West Coast hip hop culture and also for being one of the signees under Dr Dre after Aftermath. Well, what do you do when you earn a tonne of $s and don’t really know any traditional investment avenues? The obvious answer here is – a car that used to hold the record for being the fastest production car! The Bugatti Veyron. A gift for his 33rd birthday, the Veyron’s specifications are very renowned in the car community but for the people new to this side of the world, this hyper-car has 8.0L W16 which has FOUR air-suckers along with it! All of the mechanical gizmos is worth 1,200 horsepower and a maximum torque of a massive 1,106 lb-ft. This torque figure is more than some of the diesel-powered trucks in the world! The Game will not be shattering any speed records but prefers to keep the Veyron as a car for when he wants to cruise comfortably and enjoy the quad-turbos doing their work!
5. Jay Z – Pagani Zonda Roadster – $1.7 Million
Jay Z likes his cars rare and exclusive – just like the Italian Pagani Zonda Roadster. Not as mainstream, dare I say, as Ferrari and Lamborghini, cars from Pagani have seen fewer homes in the past which automatically translates to pure exclusivity. Jay Z is one of the lucky few who made it to the list of 140 people who could buy the car. Powering this rarity is a 7.3L (!) naturally-aspirated V12 which was designed and manufactured by a rather mainstream German company – Mercedes-AMG. This beauty was capable of pushing out 547 horses easy along with 553 lb-ft of torque. What makes this car special is that it was meant to be a track weapon and was destined to carve out lap times on any track you put it on. Many changes were made to the coupe to balance out the added weight of the Roadster. All of that being said, it is one of the cars which the rapper refers to park in his garage and is rarely spotted on the roads.